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early to judge. we don't know whether -- the republicans are parading through here at cnn today, they're all saying how hyper partisan he now feels to them. the country doesn't see that. he has a lot of people, as vin will tell you, a lot of people rallying, love what he's doing. >> it's remarkable too, because remember the line that was so memorable that brought -- rocketed barack obama to the forefront of the american consciousness was his 2004 speech at the democratic national convention, that there are no red states no blue states, this is the united states of america. when you think of his inaugural address, there wasn't one line that crystallized or captured the nation. from a republican perspective it would be wonderful to hear some sort of harkening of tone, some kind of outreach or olive branch to the right and unifying the country. >> at that point, remember, there was this huge fiscal crisis he was facing so he won on all this hope, and then he gets into the job and remember, he really started before he started. and he was dealing with that terrible fiscal crisis so his ina
,000 higher than estimates cnn had gone with. and that number will likely continue to rise as attacks like these persist. an opposition group says 207 people were killed in war-related violence yesterday alone. most of them in damascus and suburbs, others in aleppo. cnn cannot independently verify these numbers. >>> the family of james foley, missing in syria since new year's day, is launching a public campaign to find him. global post, a news website foley published for, said he was driving to the border with turkey when he was intercepted by a car. he was forced out of the vehicle by two armed men. he has not been seen or heard from since. no one has claimed responsibility. last year 28 journalists died covering the conflict from inside syria. >>> families of victims of the movie theater massacre in aurora, colorado call it a disgusting offer. they are fur furious over a remembrance ceremony. one of the 12 people killed died saving his girlfriend. his cousin says the theater is thinking about ticket sales, and not them. >> that is a blatant lack of respect for the families. they're looki
with it. the first piece of unfinished business is a aid package for the victims of sandy. our cnn's contributor john avalon and margaret hoover are with me. first my question is, is there any reason to think this new batch is going to be any different than the old batch? >> yes, there is. >> i'm so glad. >> this is a historically diverse house of representatives, unprecedented numbers of women, six openly gale members of the house of representatives two females vets who have been in battle, combat vets from the iraq war and afghanistan. just an extraordinary amount of diversity. the problem from a republicans' perspective is all that have diversity is on the democrat ecside. so the house looks different. what you're hearing is a lot of them came to washington this time, because they were told they want a congress that can work together. they were elected among historically low approval ratings in the house of representatives and they know their job is to get something done. there's a new coalition of democrats, maybe 55 of them, 14 blue dogs left so hopefully democrats who aren't
don't come crashing against american shores. tom forman, cnn, stevensville, maryland. >>> that's it for us, thanks for watching. "early start" begins now. >>> sick day friday. doctors struggle to control a fierce flu outbreak spreading through offices and job sites. >>> hero in the classroom this teacher is one of two staffers who stared down the barrel of a shotgun and talked a school shooter into giving up. >>> and this size says it all. severe storms leave parts of one southern state completely unwater. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john bermman. >> it is friday, i'm zoraida sambolin. it's friday, january 11th. up first, the fast-spreading flu now officially an epidemic. the flu season has come early, hit really hard. nearly two dozen children have died. widespread activity reported in more than 40 states as well. boston's mayor just declared a citywide emergency because of the flu. and now a leading health official acknowledging the outbreak has reached a new level. >> if you look at the charts that the cdc put out on their website, it clearly has gone above t
with them as well. a quick reminder, you can always check out any interviews on this show at cnn.com/brooke. and now wolf blitzer in washington. hey, wolf. >>> brooke, thank you very much. dramatic new developments in the accelerating debate on guns and gun control. gabrielle giffords and nra are making their voices heard in new ways. >>> also, egypt's new president joins me to talk about tahrir square. a one-time symbol of hope is now dirty and oppressive. >>> plus, a mystery that started with a winning lottery ticket and ended with a deadly poisoning. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with this afternoon's announcement that the national rifle association is joining the white house in the discussion of gun violence in america. a representative will meet with vice president biden this week. what will they be doing? lisa sylvester is walking into "the situation room" right now. you've been doing some reporting, lisa. what is the very latest? >> wolf, leaders from both the private and public sectors are offering specific proposals on gun control, all si
for additional security by officials on the ground in libya weren't heeded. in october, clinton told cnn she accepted responsibility for the stevens and three other americans you see there. we'll talk about adam kinzinger, he was tapped to serve on the 40 house subcommittee on middle east and north africa. his perspective on hillary clinton's testimony. and wolf and jake tapper will air the special coverage of the hearing starting at the 9:00. >> nas ice to have jake tapper here. >>> general allen has been cleared of any wrongdoing. a u.s. defense official tells cnn that general john allen has been cleared of charges that he wrote inappropriate e-mails to this woman, jill kelley. she's the woman whether claimed she was being threatened by paula broadwell. >>> and she's speaking out for the first time since being wrapped up in the petraeus scandal. she says she's upset with law enforcement and the media's handling of the story and sheing a nids over the loss of her family's privacy. she said, quote, we've sxerned how careless handling of our information by law enforcement and irresponsible yo
to the right place. >> cnn's athena jones is live in our washington bureau. good morning. john boehner was re-elected, but it wasn't easy, was it? >> about a dozen of his colleagues voted against him or for someone else like eric cantor or just said present. they abstained from voting. they said they wanted to put the speaker on notice. it isn't as though his leadership, him winning that election, was ever in doubt. let's listen to what one new congressman had to say to explain his vote. >> we are challenging leadership to let him know that we're going to hold him accountable just like i get held accountable in my district. we want to let him know we're watching. we're willing to work with leadership, and i look forward to doing that. that's why i stuck with the republican party with mr. cantor. >> and so in the end, boehner got 220 out of the caucus, 234. it's a small percentage of people that didn't end up voting for him, but it still signals there could be a little dissension in the ranks, which is what we've been seeing already. >> dissension in the ranks. we have a debt ceiling to tackle
blackwell with "cnn newsroom" continues. >> good morning, happening in "the newsroom" dodging the fiscal cliff crisis for now. with all of the talk about spending less why are lawmakers giving billions to businesses that are already thriving? we'll show you who is cashing in. >>> party crashers, republicans split over the tax deal and the core values of the gop and that strained unity faces a bigger test as a new deadline looms over spending cuts. >>> while the gop licks its wounds, wall street gets ready to celebrate. u.s. stocks set to open higher as markets around the world trade higher on the deal. >>> and they told us to basically drop dead. that's how one new yorker is reportedly characterizing the house after ending the session without sending any sandy relief to the northeast. >> everybody played by the rules, except tonight, when the rug was pulled out from under us, inexcusable, indefensible. >> "newsroom" starts right now. good morning, i'm victor blackwell sitting in for carol costello. 11th hour drama, congress swerves away from the dreaded fiscal cliff, but on this morning
old dominion. that does look like a lion. >>> next hour, "cnn newsroom" >>> next hour, "cnn newsroom" starts now. isurprise...it's eating less. to losing weight. i'm hungry just thinking about it. thank goodness for new slimful. one delicious, 90-calorie slimful and a glass of water, like before dinner, helps keep me satisfied for hours. so instead of this much, i only need this much. and slimful tastso good... i don't even miss dessert. slimful and a glass of water... eating less is a beautiful thing. >>> stories we are watching in the "newsroom." the nation's flu out break grows. one city declares an emergency. what you need to know in this scary flu season. plus this. >> the president is going to act. executive orders and action can be taken. >> that has conservatives and gun owners in an uproar. what power does the president really have? >>> from magazine covers to morning television, you can't seem to get away from chris christie. is it all part of a push towards pennsylvania avenue in 2016? >>> "playbook," that movie could go all the way to oscar. we are taking a look at movies
this problem, fix this mess and many of us agree with that. >> reporter: brianna keilar, cnn, washington. >> coming up in our next hour we'll talk with democratic congressman joe garcia from florida about the immigration reform push in the house. >>> the search is on right now for a u.s. air force fighter jet that may have crashed during training exercise. they lost contact with it last night over the aid reattic sea. they're searching through rain and snow and dealing with poor visibility. it was reported there's an oil slick in the area. the pilot's condition is yet unknown. >>> new developments in the brazil nightclub inferno. four people have been arrested, a fire that left 231 people dead. two of the people in custody are owners of the kiss nightclub in santa maria. the other two are members of the band that was playing at the club when the fire broke out. police say the band had been using pyrotechnics as part of its stage show before the fire began. >>> boy scouts of america has considered changing its long standing policy against allowing openly gay members. this after months of
soldiers from the first south carolina earned their right to be called soldiers. >> i'm don lemon at cnn world headquarters atlanta. have a great week and great night. see you next week. ♪ >>> 2323. that's where the death toll stands right now in the brazil nightclub fire. we're now getting these devastating images being pulled from the burning building. >>> plus, a sloppy commute expected for millions of people this morning. we have a live report straight ahead. >>> i think hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we have. >> one heck of a moment between the president and the secretary of state. but, why all of the love? good morning, welcome to early state. i'm christine rom yans. >> and i'm john berman. it's january 28th it's monday. we'll begin with that developing story out of brazil. deadly chaos at a nightclub. early yesterday morning. killing a staggering 233 people. many of them college students celebrating their last weekend of summer break. it happened at kiss nightclub in santa maria. recovery workers now say they're hearing the eerie sound of ring ton
old dominion. that does look like a lion. >>> next hour, "cnn newsroom" starts now. >>> stories we are watching in the "newsroom." the nation's flu out break grows. one city declares an emergency. what you need to know in this scary flu season. plus this. >> the president is going to act. executive orders and action can be taken. >> that has conservatives and gun owners in an uproar. what power does the president really have? >>> from magazine covers to morning television, you can't seem to get away from chris christie. is it all part of a push towards pennsylvania avenue in 2016? >>> "playbook," that movie could go all the way to oscar. we are taking a look at movies that could walk away with hollywood's top prize. "newsro "newsroom" starts now >>> good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us. this just in to us this morning. two decades of hits to his head likely led to brain disease for junior seau. he took his own life inside his california home last may. his family donated his brain to the national institute of health. the scientists found he suffered
, and 180 guns confiscated off the streets. ted rolands, cnn, chicago. >>> some breaking news to report on our lead story, this morning's shooting at a high school in kern county. just moments ago, the local sheriff spoke to reporters about what might have motivated the 16-year-old alleged shooter. he says the student felt bullied by his alleged target. he said the teen will eventually be charged with attempted murder. >>> we have more breaking news. the flu crossing the epidemic threshold. that according to an official with the national institutes of health. we talked to dr. sanjay gupta about the high death toll expected. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why at liberty mutual insurance, auto policies come with new car replacement and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what else comes standard at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? isurprise...it's eating less. to losing weight. i'm hungry just thinking about it. thank goodness for new slimful. one delicious,
place tomorrow. new york congressman peter king, who accused boehner of betraying the party, tells cnn he is glad the speaker is making things right. >> the bottom line is that we are now receiving what we asked for. as far as i'm concerned, what's done is done. i've always considered john boehner a friend. i said that on the house floor today, which made it all the more painful for me to say what i felt i had to say. i owed it to my constituents and i did feel that new york in a number of cases was being taken advantage of. >> you know, he says they have always been friends but they didn't sound too friend low yesterday morning. peter king has had a lot of emotion over this and we'll talk to the chairman later this morning in the 8:00 hour. >>> also new york congressman michael grimm whose district was devastated by sandy will join us. >>> new jersey governor chris christie may not be so quick to forgive speaker of the house john boehner at least when it comes to that sandy vote. christie gave boehner and the entire republican leadership an earful, vintage chris christie, for delaying
the runways at salt lake city's international airport to shut down. at least for some time yesterday. cnn's jennifer is live in tennessee for us. >> frio. it is very cold, absolutely. the temperature is 31 degrees. we've been seeing rain come down. of course we're starting to see looks like a little sleet popping into areas across parts of middle tennessee. now keep in mind, we are at the tennessee department of transportation. you can see all the salt back there. well, there is somebody who's in control of the salt. his name is berl tidwell. you have a big job here. of course, last week you had an ice storm that came through. that was a pretty minor one. but now you're ready for this one. tell us how you kind of tackle this storm. i know you do this in two different parts. >> yes. yesterday we put out brine. we geared up for salt. and we're out tonight on our routes if anything happens we're out there ready to go. >> okay. and why do you put the brine down first? i know when you put the salt down, it lowers the freezing point. >> it actually keeps the frozen precipitation from sticking t
qualifies as an epidemic according to the national institute of health. here's what he just told cnn. >> if you look at the charts that the cdc put out on their website, it clearly has gone above that threshold, so we're into what would classically be described as a flu epidemic. it's still on the uptick, and usually when you're above that baseline in the flu season, you stay there for about 12 weeks. we're right now at about week five or so. so we still have a way to go. >> long way to go, it's expected to be the worst flu season in years. more than half of the states already reporting widespread t outbreaks and officials are saying the cases they're seeing are more severe than last year. emergency rooms across the country are overflowing. boston has declared a public health emergency. at least 2,000 people have been hospitalized. at least two people have died from the flu, and the center for disease control is going to release new numbers tomorrow. they priblth more than 50,000 may die from the flu this season. i spoke to dr. sanjay gupta, starting with the news that the flu is n
already seen more than 50 shootings, 14 homicides, and 180 guns confiscated off the streets. cnn, chicago. >> breaking news right now to report on the lead story of a shooting at a high school in kern county two hours north of los angeles. they spoke to reports about what may have motivated the shooter. the student felt bullied by the alleged target and said the boy planned the shooting the night before and used a gun taken from his home. the teen will be charged with attempted murder. more breaking news. the flu crossing the epidemic threshold according to an official with the national institutes of health. we will talk to sanjay gupta about the high death hole expected. [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to focus on other things, like each other, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. ya. alrig
" we'll have the stars of "phantom of the opera" on the show tomorrow. >>> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. >>> standoff, a champion of gun control unveils sweeping new vision that could impact and outrage millions of americans. >>> women will finally get to serve in combat areas but not right away. >>> above the world and well below zero, you think it's cold where you are? the researchers at this observatory say they have the world's worst weather. >>> and soon it will be hard to find a large soda in new york city, but now there's a new argument to keep those giant drinks around. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, i'm carol costello, thank you so much for being with us, and in just a couple of hours a strict, new gun control plan will be unveiled and brace for a loud outcry from millions of gun owners and their ultrapowerful lobbying group the nra. the latest push coming from senator dianne feinstein, the california democrat who authored the nation's original ban on assault weapons in the 1990s, but this ban would reportedly be much more strict. it would trap c
townsend, now adviser to cnn previously held that post for the bush administration, but it would be a woman taking a senior post. we have learned that sylvia matthews burr well who worked in the clinton administration is the top contender for omb director although that is not done. >> janet napolitano is staying on as secretary as well. thanks for that. jessica yellen at the white house. let's dig deeper with the correspondent, cnn's state of the union. women are coming in. there women in the administration. does he still have a gender diversity problem? >> let's ask this when we get further down the line. this is not about the title. when you look around and you look at chief of staff, secretary of state pentagon chief, those are -- the treasury secretary, those are the most powerful cabinet level and chief of staff is not, but positions. the question is and the complaint has been at least previously, we will have to check what it is now, but the complaint previously from women in the white house has been to listen to us. it's not about the title, but the proximity. >> that's a serious com
future? cnn's mary snowis joining us. what's the latest on her condition? >> wolf frk we haven't heard from her doctors since they let us know that she was making excellent progress. an expert in blood clots said if unrelated the clots could be serious but the fact that it's being addressed is a good sign. on the day when sect hillary clinton was supposed to be getting ready to go back to work, she spent another day at the hospital. doctors discovered a blood clot in the vein between the brain and skull behind the right ear. they say she did not suffer a stroke or neurological damage. a doctor not involved in secretary clinton's case has treated cases like hers and calls them rare. what does this mean for the future? >> i think her future is as good as her past. she should recover from this. will be treated with blood thinners. i can't say how long because i don't know all of the circumstances but certainly minimum of three to six month, may well could be longer. in some rare cases, could be lifelong but many patients are on blood thinners for life. she should recover fully and get bac
cnn. democrats in the caucus told him not to announce his own legislation. d immigration talks that sensitive. the president has a plan that is more liberal than the plan, including a quicker path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. >> the thing? conservatives not happy with that senate plan, saying it is a path to amnesty. but democratic senator chuck schumer speaking yesterday on the hill of new york, says, look, the time right now is perfect. >> we believe this will be the year congress finally gets it done. politics on this issue have been turned upside down. first time ever, more political risk in opposing immigration reform than in supporting it. >> we're joined by white house correspondent brianna keilar, following the president's big moment on this issue. good morning, brianna. >> reporter: good morning, brooke and john. the president heading out west today. you may not know this, but he's had a plan, a brew print on immigration reform for almost two years now. it was seen more as a political message ahead of an election rather than a genuine push for change her
to "cnn newsroom." i'm suzanne malveaux. we have a lot going on. a deal on the table but not out of the woods yet. all eyes on capitol hill, as the republican controlled -- the house, rather, convening this hour for the fiscal cliff negotiations. now vice president joe biden, he is heading to the hill for talks with the house democrats. this is a critical moment for the country. talking about 12 hours after the deadline for the government action has passed. the senate okayed a deal wee hours of the morning, prevent middle class income taxes from going up but raise rates on income of more than $400,000 a year for individuals, more than $450,000 for couples. now, unemployment benefits for 2 million americans would be extended for a year. what it does not address is the spending cuts. lawmakers plan to revisit the difficult issue. that is delayed two months from now. going to bring you all angles of the story here. of course following this, every single move. dana bash on capitol hill, jessica yellin at the white house, christine romans live from new york and alison kosik in new yor
to cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta, dr. anthony fauci, from the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases. former new mexico give nor bill richardson, illinois congresswoman january, and t-boz will be joining us. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point is kind of gross. the flu. a nasty strain running rampant across the country. thousands hospitalized and dozens of people have died. in just a few hours, the cdc will release new numbers on how widespread the flu is. cnn's medical unit got an early look and one expert says we're at epidemic levels. dr. sanjay gupta is in atlanta. what are you expecting to hear? >> elizabeth cohen has been working through the night on getting these numbers. one number, which is important and what we expected. widespread outbreak of the flu. 47 states, up from 41 states with an outbreak of the flu. some good news. the number of states with high levels of activity has gone down from 29 now to 24. two additional deaths in young people, from 18 to 20. but there may be some relief as you say
. >> happy new year to you. "cnn newsroom" with joe johns begins now. >>> happy 2013 from the east to the west, america rings in the new year, new hope, new optimism and a visit from kathy griffin. >> someone on twitter said there will be a drinking game every time i giggle nervously. >> calvin harris and swedish house mafia. >> who is calvin harris? >> okay, grandma, you know what? >> highlights and lowlights from the big night. >>> plus, was one of your resolutions to get out of debt between the credit cards and student loans? we'll show you sure-fire ways to crush those bills. must have essentials to keep you out of the red and in the black for 2013. >>> help wanted tuesday follows black monday, seven nfl head coaches are looking for jobs after being sacked. >>> and private pot party. new year and a new place to light up in colorado, members only clubs where you bring your observe. opening time 4:20. "newsroom" starts right now. >>> good morning, i'm joe johns from washington, and sitting in for carol costello. we begin this morning with the fiscal cliff and the drama that now s
cuesinich taking her place. the big shake up and cnn. and there is a new, new republic. so the man of the hour is "politico"'s media critic media reporter dylan byars, good morning. >> hello, bill. >> bill: thanks for coming in this morning. >> my pleasure. >> bill: can we believe mike allen? >> he said today in play book that it was my birthday and he was right. so i trust him. >> bill: that's what i wanted to ask you. we have a surprise for you this morning. will you open the closet door this morning. our closet gift. ♪ this is your birthday song it doesn't last too long ♪ >> bill: john boehner. [ applause ] >> my colleagues the second verse is exactly like the first verse. >> don't sing it. ♪ this your birthday song it doesn't last too long hey ♪ >> bill: how about that. >> that's the best birthday gift. >> bill: when you get john boehner to sing happy birthday to you. >> that's right. >> bill: sarah palin what happened? did she jump or was she pushed. >> i think based off of people i have talked to i think she was pushed. i think she was offered a lot l
with the euphoric mood of a nation expecting hope and change. cnn has learned the president began working on this address with longtime speechwriter john favreau in mid-december. favreau writes, the president rewrites in the margins in long hand or on yellow pads. >> this is a historical event. you can't help but feel some pressure because of that, and a desire to make those few minutes when you're up there count. >> reporter: inned t etoday's s don't expect policy details. that will come in the state of the union. instead, this address will be heavy on sweeping themes. among them, the responsibility that comes with citizenship. for inspiration, the president read this inaugural. >> ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. >> reporter: a second theme, a call for unity in a time of division. the president read bill clinton's second inaugural. >> will we all come together or come apart? >> reporter: and abraham lincoln's, delivered to a nation divided by civil war. >> with malice toward none, with charity for all. >> reporter: a third theme, renewing o
landed in new york. on "cnn newsroom" at 2:00, uncertainty in venezuela as that country's president deals with serious health issues. what this means for hugo chavez and his government. also here in the u.s., the gun control debate. a house democrat, a vietnam veteran and gun owner, talk ts about possible regulation. then at 3:00 eastern, a plane goes down off venezuela, a fashion executive is missing. the latest on the search for vittorio missoni.>>> good-bye, l cliff, hello debt ceiling cliff. i'm ali velshi. your elected officials ready to push america over the edge of the cliff. >>ly not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up through the laws that they passed. >> well, yes, you will, mr. president, and very soon. democrats and republicans are set to clash again over raising the u.s. debt ceiling. let me tell you back in the old days the u.s. had a system where every time a bill involving money was passed the treasury had to raise money for it by issuing bonds. the debt ceiling law was established to give the
inspired the movie "rudy." stay with cnn, "your money" starts right now. >>> good-bye fiscal cliff, hello, debt ceiling cliff. your elected officials ready to push america over the edge of the cliff. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up through the laws that they passed. >> well, yes, you will, mr. president, and very soon. democrats and republicans are set to clash again over raising the u.s. debt ceiling. back in the old days, the u.s. had a snl where every time a bill involving money was passed, the treasury had to raise money for by issuing bonds. the debt ceiling law was given the u.s. treasury the flexibility to borrow money. it had nothing to do with spending control or debt control. it was a technicality. most functioning countries don't have any such thing because they understand that if the government spends the money. it has to pay the bills. republicans seem to think that the debt sealing is a good tool to limit how much the government spends, the current debt ceiling was hit on decemb
. john berman, ooh! for the first time, "i'm interested." >> we had ben cardin today. >> c cnn newsroom" with carol costello is here right now. >>> gabrielle giffords, the nation marvelled from a gunman's killing spree. today she launches a new fight for stricter gun laws >>> million-dollar mystery an illinois man suddenly dies after winning the lottery but after toxicology tests show he was poisoned there are new questions this morning, who killed farush kan? >>> alabama rolls to its third bcs tight until four years but it was announcing brent mu mussberger's comments making news this morning. ♪ let's dance, put on your red shirt and dance the blue ♪ >> bowie's back and it's his birthday, ziggy stardust celebrated giving his fans a new song from his new album. ♪ let's dance, while color lights up your face ♪ >> good morning to you. thank you so much for joining me, i'm carol costello. we begin with a debate over gun control and new efforts to force stricter laws. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords launching an online campaign to raise funds and public support. she's unveil
the time. the mark, the person like manti te'o, can lose a lot more than their pride. cnn's deb feyerick talked to an expert about it. >> reporter: as crazy as it sounds, what happened to notre dame player manti te'o happens every day. >> doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, i mean, people who are really smart. >> reporter: private investigator dawn richie says she has spoken to hundreds of men and women who get conned after falling deeply in love online. >> reporter: what are they hoping for? >> the scammer just knows how to pull them into it. >> reporter: it's called catfishing, the term popularized by the 2010 film "catfish" who has an online love affair with a woman who does not exist. it starts with one e-mail, one text, one phone call and in perhaps manti te'o's case, for years. >> he fell in love with a fictional character. just a thought. a fantasy in his head. >> reporter: richie believes te'o is like many of her clients, the target of a cruel hoax. >> the bottom line is, there's money. they will always ask for money. >> reporter: richie says she's had clients pay tens and thousan
could change everything. matthew chance, cnn, london. >>> elephant poaching, it's the worst it's been in ten years according to the international fund for animal welfare. the group says the illegal trade is now booming in china. just today the "new york times" reports that hong kong custom officials seized a shipment of 779 elephant tusks from kenya worth $1.14 million. back in october a shipment of ivory was confiscated magt it one of the biggest seizures ever in hong kong. >>> he's a producer, a writer, director and he's joins us next. oliver stone, you know his movies, "scarface," "born on the fourth of july," he'll tell us about his documentary on venezuelan president hugo chavez. alka-seltzer. kills heartburn fast. yeehaw! >>> hugo chavez is fighting a severe respiratory infection after cancer surgery in cuba. the president has been a polarized figure since he took office in 1999. one of his key defenders is oliver stone. stone made a documentary in 2010 that portrayed chavez in a positive light. "time" magazine calmed itled ite story. here's some of the scenes. >> joining us fro
, thank you. good to see you. happy new year. >>> "cnn newsroom" continues now with deb feyerick. hey, deb. >>> hello, everyone. happy new year. i'm deborah feyerick. i want to welcome all our viewers from around the world. right now, all eyes on washington where american lawmakers are trying to complete a deal to avoid an economic meltdown. technically the nation went over the fiscal cliff when the new year began. but practically the senate pulled a parachute that should soften the fall. about 2:00 a.m. eastern, senators passed a round of compromises with a vote of 89-8. i said should. this deal is far from done. now it is up to the house to stop $600 billion of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. at this hour, though, a vote is not scheduled. multiple house members took to the floor today to say their vote will be no. >> the current agreement with the fiscal cliff was agreed to, we're told, somewhere around 11:30 last night. the bill was voted on at 2:00 in the morning. now, again this is new year's eve. i don't know how many senators between midnight and 2:00 a.m. in the morning had
by cnn, larry hall recounts a tough start. >> i know when i was born my mother told me that i was blue. that i hadn't got enough oxygen to me or something. >> identical twin sons growing up hard. in the hall home there was little money and lots of problems. author hillel levin interviewed larry hall. >> it was a very cluttered household. they were raised with dysfunction. >> neighbors say their mother was domineering, their father drank and sometimes turned violent. he worked at the local cemetery. >> what was it like growing up next to a cemetery? was it creepy? >> no. not at all. not for me. you know, at 12 years of age larry and i started working at the cemetery. >> as he grew older, larry had problems fitting in at school. >> he was always the backward twin. i was the more dominant, outgoing twin. he hung out with what my wife and i and a lot of fellow classmates called the misfits, or the stinky crowd. >> still, the boys were best friends and as young men garry and larry developed a unusual new hobby as civil war re-enactors. >> i met a lot of mu friends during that time period, a
out of time, but stay tuned for "newsroom international" with suzanne malveaux. >> welcome to "cnn newsroom." here's what's going on right now. history is made on the floor of the u.s. house and senate. the 113th congress is convening for the first time. the gavels came down moments ago, all re-elected and newly elected officers take the oath of office. there were 97 freshman, 84 in the house, 13 in the senate. while republicans still control the house, democrats gained seats in both chambered, two more in the senate, eight more in the house. a bit of added drama as well on the house side. speaker john boehner hoping to hold john to his leadership position. he has lost some support from some republicans that were outraged he delayed a vote on hurricane sandy relief. boehner and nancy pelosi are officially nominated in about 40 minutes or so. then the voting begins. we want to bring in our team keeping a close eye on history being made. of course, wolf blitzer and gloria borger are in washington and dana bash live on capitol hill. wolf, we'll start off with you. you've probably lost
of the bus, case closed. and this morning on cnn the chairman or chair of the gun appreciation day suggested slavery wouldn't have occurred if guns had been available to everyone in america at the time. let's listen to this malarkey. >> i think martin luther king would agree with me if he were alive today that if african-americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country's founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history. >> what a dumb, dumb nut. joy, you got to start on this. this is not only a nut, but a dumb nut. slaves didn't come to america as citizens. they came in shackles -- >> as property. >> -- in the bottom of a ship somewhere. they're lucky to be alive if they got here. the idea they would be armed by anyone -- you take it on. he's obviously patronizing, trying to act like he cares about the fate of black people. some sort of number he's playing here. who would believe this malarkey? >> and, chris, why is it every time the far right decides to make an argument that is insane, they jump on the civil rights movement or slaver
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